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Wicked; fiendish.

Derived from 'Mephistopheles,' meaning:

  • I. A devil in medieval legend and later literary and operatic works, to whom Faust, or Faustus, sells his soul for knowledge and power.

  • II. A crafty, powerful, sardonic person.

Early 19th century: Mephistopheles, an evil spirit to whom Faust, in the German legend, sold his soul.

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